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Prep soccer: Already looking easy

For second day in a row, Saugus cruises to shutout victory

Posted: November 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Saugus' Kassandra Jones (18) prepares to take a shot, which eventually resulted in a goal during Wednesday's game against Moorpark at Saugus High.

 

It’s not supposed to look so simple, but on Wednesday afternoon at Saugus High School, the Centurions quickly figured out what would work against visiting Moorpark and simply stuck to the plan.

Moorpark’s flat-four backline allowed Saugus to do what it does best, send through ball after through ball into the attacking zone and let its forwards go to work in an eventual 4-0 victory.

Saugus forward Brenna Savoie repeatedly took advantage of Moorpark’s defensive strategy, scoring the Centurions’ first two goals, the first off an assist from freshman Yulissa Gonzalez and the second unassisted.

“Once I shot once and missed, I knew I had to keep taking those shots,” Savoie said. “I was worried taking over (the recently graduated) Stacey Atwater’s position. It’s nerve-racking to be in her shadow.”

But two games in, Savoie has filled in nicely for the current College of the Canyons player.

In two games, Savoie has notched three goals and an assist to lead Saugus (2-0).

Freshman Kassandra Jones put Saugus ahead 3-0 off a through ball from April Johnson with 19:30 remaining, and Ashley Caron scored unassisted with 12 minutes left.

Defensively, the Centurions consistently disrupted Moorpark’s possession, with Monica Allen and Alana Shaw anchoring the backline.

Moorpark’s forwards struggled to break through for 90 minutes, as goalkeeper Maddie Hebert picked up her second consecutive shutout with relative ease.

The Musketeers (0-1) had an opportunity with under two minutes remaining in the first half, when Saugus failed to clear the ball out of the box and Hebert was forced to make a save on the ensuing shot.

Other than that, it was all Saugus for the second day in a row.

On Tuesday, it was the Centurions showcasing an uncharacteristic possession-style offense against Lancaster.

On Wednesday, largely because of Moorpark’s defensive style, Saugus took advantage of its speed through the midfield and up top by sending the ball ahead into the attacking zone to its sprinting forwards.

“This game we had to play smarter soccer and look at what they were playing,” said Saugus head coach Natalie Helgeson. “Great soccer doesn’t always have to be pretty soccer.”

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